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Common Ground with National Forest Foundation
On Nov. 17, the Vista Outdoor Foundation announced its 2021 Grant Partners. The Foundation’s Board of Directors chose ten organizations that promote conservation, encourage youth and veteran participation in outdoor sports, and work to improve diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. The recipients received over $600,000 in grant funding.
We often hear these stories when they are first introduced or announced, but we wanted to dive deeper so our employees and external stakeholders can learn more about the Foundation’s partners, their missions and how they are putting their grants to good use.
This month, we continue our “Common Ground” feature highlighting the excellent work of National Forest Foundation.
National Forest Foundation, Missoula, MT
Why National Forest Foundation?
National Forest Foundation (NFF) is the leading organization inspiring personal and meaningful connections to our National Forests, the centerpiece of America’s public lands. On behalf of the American public, the NFF leads forest conservation efforts and promotes responsible recreation. NFF believes these lands, and all they provide, are an American treasure and are vital to the health of our communities.
“The NFF conserves, restores and connects. Our forests are alive, and they breathe life into us, through oxygen and experience. The National Forest Foundation’s mission aligns with the Vista Outdoor Foundation’s mission of conservation and expansion of access so more can enjoy these tended spaces one ride, hunt, drink, grill or trek at a time,” said Andrea Pankow, Vice President & GM, Bell, Raskullz & Krash Helmets.
National Forest Foundation Mission: Bring people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands
Support from Vista Outdoor Foundation will directly support NFF’s on-the-ground conservation and stewardship efforts on National Forest lands in California’s Sierra-Nevada mountains. Specifically, Vista Outdoors’ support will build capacity to implement forest and watershed restoration activities that will reduce wildfire risk on the Sierra National Forest. Beginning in the 2022 field season, NFF will work with the U.S. Forest Service and local partners and contractors to implement project activities in the King’s River and Pine Flats watersheds, which provide water to the San Joaquin Valley.
“Vista Outdoor’s support will allow the NFF to accelerate crucial forest health treatments that will help protect California’s National Forests from unnaturally severe wildfires,” said Marcus Selig, Vice President, Field Program at NFF. “National Forests present some of the best recreation opportunities for the American public, and this work will help ensure that these lands remain healthy and accessible.”